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Peter D.

Peter D.

Joined on 03/05/07

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent Buy

LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback & M-DISC Support Model UH12LS29 LightScribe Support
LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback & M-DISC Support Model UH12LS29 LightScribe Support

Pros: Another homerun for LG, in providing a low cost high quality product. True the drive probably doesn't come with SATA cables, driver CD or mounting screws, but that is to be expected when buying OEM. This should have a 5 star rating. It's a shame noobs don't know what they're buying and give it a low rating. Was recognized by PC on first boot up - no problems at all.

Cons: Probably isn't the fastest blue-ray drive out there, but it has an affordable cost to make up for it.

Overall Review: Was looking to build an HTPC for under $600. Needed a blue-ray drive and this LG drive fit the bill. Glad I purchased it and would do it again.

Top Notch Router for the $$$

TP-Link TL-R470T+ Load Balance Broadband Router 1 x 10/100Mbps WAN Ports 1 x Fixed LAN, 3 x Changeable WAN/LAN LAN Ports
TP-Link TL-R470T+ Load Balance Broadband Router 1 x 10/100Mbps WAN Ports 1 x Fixed LAN, 3 x Changeable WAN/LAN LAN Ports

Pros: - Easy Setup - Rock Solid Stable - Nice Onboard Software

Cons: None

Overall Review: Obviously there are better routers out there, but you'll pay a LOT more too. This little router gives you excellent bang for your buck. I have a wifi AP and 2 switches extending from this router. 100% up-time since I plugged it in. Easily supports multiple devices in my home: 2 smart phones, ipad, 3 desktops, chromebook, chromecast, Wii, and a smart tv. All devices running at almost max speed from my ISP. I pay for 30Mbs down, and usually test speeds at about 27Mbs on all devices. Very happy with purchase.

Best WiFi Experience Ever

Ubiquiti UniFi Enterprise Wi-Fi System Wireless AP long Range (UAP-LR-US)
Ubiquiti UniFi Enterprise Wi-Fi System Wireless AP long Range (UAP-LR-US)

Pros: - Rock Solid Stable - Excellent Range (even through multiple walls/floors) - Excellent Wifi Connectivity Speed - Easy Setup - Excellent Software

Cons: It wasn't free

Overall Review: I live in a 3 story house (including finished basement) in a neighborhood that is absolutely saturated with home wifi signals. I went through 4 different standard home routers (linksys, tp-link, d-link, etc) and all of them were troublesome. Poor range, slow speeds, and required frequent rebooting. I finally decided to spend a little more money and get a wired router and this enterprise level wifi AP. The AP is mounted on my ceiling in center of house on top floor. I get full signal strength in all locations of my house and outside in my yard. Testing on my phone I was able to consistently get 20+Mbs down which is far better than the normal 3-4Mbs of standard home routers. I couldn't be happier with this purchase.

Great Results

TRENDnet Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter, TPL-406E, Includes 1 x TPL-406E Adapter, Cross Compatible with Powerline 600/500/200, Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Ethernet Port, Plug & Play Install
TRENDnet Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter, TPL-406E, Includes 1 x TPL-406E Adapter, Cross Compatible with Powerline 600/500/200, Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Ethernet Port, Plug & Play Install

Pros: Extremely easy setup, was literally just plug-n-play. I have a 2 story house, ISP modem is in the top floor in my office and I needed internet 2 floors down in my basement. WiFi was horrible down in the basement, so I got 2 of these to try. My ISP gives me 25mb down and using these I now get about 10-15mb down in the basement. That speed is perfectly fine for me, and is expected as my network is spread on different circuits and goes through the breaker box. I plan on getting a 3rd one to run internet to another room that is hard to reach WiFi too.

Cons: None. Speed degradation was expected as I'm going across multiple circuits.

10/25/2013

NEEDS a Heatsink

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket FM1 100W AMD Radeon HD 6550D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3870WNGXBOX
AMD A8-3870K Unlocked - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket FM1 100W AMD Radeon HD 6550D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3870WNGXBOX

Pros: This is billed as a "Light to Medium Gaming" APU, however it performs way better than what I was expecting. It handles everything I've thrown at it without even flinching. CoD Black Ops, Mass Effect, Half Life 2, etc, and all on maxed out graphics. Scored a 7.5 in Windows 7 I wanted to build an affordable HTPC, that could do more than just stream video (i.e. I wanted to play modern games on my big screen tv). This has been perfect in accomplishing my goals.

Cons: This thing absolutely requires an after market heatsink. I first installed it with the included heatsink, using the thermal paste that was already on it. BIG MISTAKE. The CPU was idling at 60c in the BIOS screen. I rebooted several times, and checked and rechecked to make sure I had it installed properly, as well as letting it sit there for an hour just to be sure, as I was shocked that it was reaching 60c just idling in the BIOS screen. Next I re-installed the same heatsink provided by AMD, this time using a good after market thermal paste. This dropped the temperature down to 50c while idle, which was a definite step in the right direction, but still too hot for me. In the end I purchased a Zalman heatsink and installed it with some good thermal paste. This dropped the temp while idle down to 36c. IMO, no reason to dock an egg. I just trying to save a buck and convinced myself I could get by with the stock heatsink.

Overall Review: Was a great buy for my HTPC. Would recommend this to anyone who wanted to build a budget gaming PC. case: Siverstone mobo: ASUS F1A75-M Pro ram: G.Skill Ripjaws 8BG 1866 cpu: AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano

Works Well.

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

Pros: Used in my primary machine for over 2 years now. Used in heavy gaming with no problems: Warhammer Online, all the new Call of Duties, RIFT, Mass Effect, etc. PC runs like a champ. Scores 7.5 on Windows 7 WEI.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Paired with an ASUS Mobo and AMD Phenom II 955